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Sunday, December 15, 2013
 Full Time
Aston Villa
0
 
3
Manchester United
 0-1D. Welbeck  15'
 0-2D. Welbeck  18'
 0-3T. Cleverley  52'
HT: 0-2
Villa Park (Attendance: 42,682)
Referee: Lee Mason
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Aston Villa vs. Manchester United
Minute Commentary
90' VILLA 0, UNITED 3
This was exactly the performance United needed - not overly spectacular, but solid at the back, and clinical in attack. Welbeck bagged a brace in the first half, before Cleverley netted his first of the season in the second. A very solid performance from the champions!
90' FULL TIME
That's it! United take the three points with a comfortable victory.
90' ADDED TIME
Three added minutes, but it all seems pretty routine now as the clock ticks down.
86' DOUBLE CHANGE
Tom Cleverley's fizzing effort is brilliantly saved by Brad Guzan, clawing the ball away. Cleverley's two efforts today are his only two on-target shots of the season! Wilfried Zaha has come on in place of Wayne Rooney, while Leandro Bacuna has replaced Karim El Ahmadi.
83' PENALTY APPEALS
Matthew Lowton kicks the ball against his own arm, rousing the appeals the the travelling contingent. The referee rightly waves away the protests, though.
80' SUBSTITUTION
Libor Kozak comes on to replace Christian Benteke, who has been largely ineffective this afternoon.
79' YELLOW CARDS
Both Danny Welbeck and Nathan Baker receive yellow cards.
76' SHOT SAVED
Karim El Ahmadi's low drive is well-stopped, but the Villa midfielder gets another chance moments later, this time from a free-kick. He beats the wall, but David de Gea makes the save.
74' GAME FIZZLING OUT
The result is pretty much decided now, and it's showing. There's not much going on, as Welbeck chips the ball over. Ciaran Clark has also gone into the book.
70' DOUBLE CHANGE
David Moyes makes a double switch, with Ryan Giggs and Adnan Januzaj departing. Ashley Young takes to the pitch alongside Darren Fletcher, who is making his first appearance since boxing day last year.
66' NOT QUITE HAPPENING
Aston Villa just can't fathom anything in the final third. Benteke heads wide and Weimann's shot is charged down. Matthew Lowton is also yellow-carded.
62' SUBSTITUTION
Paul Lambert makes his first change, bringing on Andreas Weimann in place of Yacouba Sylla.
61' GOOD SAVE!
David de Gea has to be on full alert to stop Marc Albrighton, whose effort takes a deflection and almost creeps in at the near post.
59' CURLING EFFORT
Christian Benteke lays the ball off to Yacouba Sylla after receiving the ball from the enterprising Albrighton. Sylla's curling effort goes comfortably over.
56' FREE-KICK
Wayne Rooney looks to mark this sterling performance with a trademark free-kick, curling the ball around the wall, but failing to trouble Guzan.
53' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Rooney orchestrates the move for United, sliding the ball into the path of TOM CLEVERLEY, who nets his first of the season, slipping the ball past Guzan at the near post.
53' GOOOAAALL
Manchester United have surely secured the three points, as Tom Cleverley adds his name to the scoresheet.
51' YELLOW CARDS
Both David de Gea and Gabriel Agbonlahor are shown yellow cards after a tussle in the area.
48' WORKING HARD
As always, Wayne Rooney is working hard, covering every inch of the pitch. He's key in everything United do.
46' KICK-OFF
The second half is underway. Both sides are unchanged at the break.
45' FIRST-HALF SUMMARY
It's been a superb performance from United so far, and though they came under fire early on, they looked dangerous every time they went forward. Welbeck opened the scoring from United's first real attack, netting the rebound after Januzaj had struck the post. He doubled his tally moments later, sliding in to convert Valencia's cross. He could have had a third, but squandered a one-on-one opportunity.
45' HALF-TIME
The first half comes to an end, with United two goals to the good.
43' STILL TITLE CONTENDERS?
Manchester United have lost five games so far this term, as many as they lost during the entire season last year. Their five losses in 15 games is the worst record of reigning champions since 2001-02. The last team to win the title from this kind of start was Manchester City in 1967-68.
42' VILLA LOOKING DEFLATED
They started the half positively, but now Villa look like they want the interval to come as quickly as possible. Ashley Westwood lashes high and wide from distance.
38' UNITED LOOKING GOOD
The chances are coming thick and fast for the visitors. Wayne Rooney picks out Phil Jones in the centre of the area, but the defender's powerful header is stopped.
35' GREAT CHANCE!
Danny Welbeck should have his hat-trick, as a super ball from Valencia sees the double goalscorer through on goal, but he misses the target one-on-one.
31' UNITED TURNING UP THE HEAT
The Red Devils are almost three ahead after a barage of chances. Welbeck seeks out Valencia on the right with a neat flick-on; the winger can't pick out the final pass, though. Moments later, Valencia gets another chance to cross, this time finding Rooney, who uncharacteristically drags his shot wide.
27' FINDING THE RESULT
This could be a turning point for United if they can win this game. Under Sir Alex, they had an intrinsic ability to win games as the worse team, and that's what they're doing today. The home side have looked the more likely to find the net since the goals.
23' AGBONLAHOR SHOT
Aston Villa try to get back on track, and the United keeper is tested again. Agbonlahor pulls the trigger but the shot is far too tame to beat the Spanish keeper.
18' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Manchester United have looked lacklustre in front of goal at times this season, but it's two goals from two attacks so far this afternoon. Antonio Valencia crosses from the right, and both Adnan Januzaj and DANNY WELBECK lunge for the ball, the latter sending his shot past the keeper and in off the bar.
18' GOOOAAALLL
Danny Welbeck makes it two in two minutes for the visitors!
15' MORE ON THAT GOAL
It's against the run of play, but David Moyes' men won't mind, as they take the lead with their first meaningful attack. Rafael makes inroads down the right, and his cross is headed goalwards by Adnan Januzaj. It hits the post and DANNY WELBECK can't miss the rebound. 1-0 United.
15' GOOOAAALLL
Danny Welbeck gives United the lead!
13' ANOTHER VILLA ATTACK
Patrice Evra is at fault again, giving the ball away to Albrighton once more. The winger breaks down the right, and he finds Benteke in the middle, but the big striker's first touch is poor and allows the defenders to recover.
11' ALBRIGHTON SHOT
David de Gea is called into action once again, this time Marc Albrighton testing him, after nicking the ball off Evra. De Gea makes the save.
10' ACROBATIC
Adnan Januzaj wins a corner with his side's first attack of the game. The delivery isn't good enough, but Evra gets another opportunity to cross the ball. Welbeck meets it with an overhead kick, but Brad Guzan deals with it comfortably.
7' ALL VILLA
It's been a good start to the game for the hosts. This time Gabriel Agbonlahor gets the better of Rafael, before firing a teasing cross across the face of goal. Evra quells the danger, beating Albrighton to the ball.
4' DE GEA TESTED AGAIN
Marc Albrighton is next to test the Spanish keeper, beating Evra on the wing, before firing goalwards. He doesn't get sufficient purchase on the shot, and it's easy for De Gea.
3' FIRST SHOT ON GOAL
Karim El Ahmadi lets fly from 25 yards and David de Gea does well to hold onto the ball, which bounces just in front of him and skids off the surface.
1' KICK-OFF
We're off at Villa Park.
0' MANCHESTER UNITED LINE-UP
Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra will defend David de Gea's goal. With Fellaini and Carrick both unavailable, Ryan Giggs earns a start alongside Tom Cleverley, Antonio Valencia and Adnan Januzaj. Danny Welbeck will partner Wayne Rooney up front. United strangely have no strikers on the bench, but it's great to see Darren Fletcher back among the substitutes following a long spell of illness.
0' ASTON VILLA LINE-UP
Brad Guzan is in between the sticks for the home side, with his back-line consisting of Matthew Lowton, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker and Antonio Luna. Paul Lambert opts for a 4-4-2 formation, the midfield lined with Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi, Yacouba Sylla and Marc Albrighton. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke are up front, with Libor Kozak on the bench.
0' LIVE COMMENTARY
Kick-off is at 13:30 BST. Join us shortly beforehand for confirmed line-ups, followed by live text commentary.
0' VILLA TEAM NEWS
Villa will be without Fabian Delph, who will serve a one-match ban this afternoon. Ron Vlaar is also sidelined, but Kozak and Luna are back in contention.
0' UNITED TEAM NEWS
David Moyes will have to look elsewhere for goals, with Robin van Persie out for a month due to a thigh complaint. Fellaini and Carrick are also set to miss out, so the midfield choices should be interesting.
0' MATCH PREVIEW
Today's early kick-off sees Manchester United travel to Villa Park, coming off the back of two straight Premier League losses. The good news for Red Devils' fans is that Villa's home ground is the ideal place for United to earn a much-needed win. The Villains last beat United at home more than 18 years ago, but it's worth bearing in mind that the likes of West Brom and Newcastle have already broken similar curses this season.
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Team Stats
Aston Villa Manchester United
0 Goals 3
0 Assists 2
17 Shots 14
6 Shots on Goal 5
0 Saves 0
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
15 Crosses 23
3 Corner Kicks 4
2 Offside 2
15 Fouls Committed 8
4 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
46% Ball Possession 54%
Aston Villa
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Brad Guzan 90 - 0 0 3 2
2Nathan Baker 90 0 1 0 - -
6Ciaran Clark 90 0 1 0 - -
8Karim El Ahmadi 86 0 0 0 - -
11Gabriel Agbonlahor 90 0 1 0 - -
12Marc Albrighton 90 0 0 0 - -
14Toni Luna 90 0 0 0 - -
15Ashley Westwood 90 0 0 0 - -
18Yacouba Sylla 62 0 0 0 - -
20Christian Benteke 79 0 0 0 - -
34Matthew Lowton 90 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
7Leandro Bacuna 4 0 0 0 - -
10Andreas Weimann 28 0 0 0 - -
27Libor Kozak 11 0 0 0 - -

Manchester United
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1David De Gea 90 - 1 0 0 6
2Rafael 90 0 0 0 - -
3Patrice Evra 90 0 0 0 - -
4Phil Jones 90 0 0 0 - -
6Jonny Evans 90 0 0 0 - -
10Wayne Rooney 84 0 0 0 - -
11Ryan Giggs 70 0 0 0 - -
19Danny Welbeck 90 2 1 0 - -
23Tom Cleverley 90 1 0 0 - -
25Antonio Valencia 90 0 0 0 - -
44Adnan Januzaj 69 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
18Ashley Young 21 0 0 0 - -
24Darren Fletcher 20 0 0 0 - -
29Wilfried Zaha 6 0 0 0 - -
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Aston Villa vs. Manchester United
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
90' Half Over  Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
90' Foul  Luna fouled by Rafael (Manchester United)
90' Cross  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) - Completed Pass
90' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
90' Cross  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) - Directly Out
90' Foul  Zaha fouled by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
90' Cross  Ashley Young (Manchester United) - Defended by Keeper
89' Foul  Kozak fouled by Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
89' Shot  Darren Fletcher (Manchester United)
89' Corner Kick  Ashley Young (Manchester United) - Off Target
88' Cross  Ashley Young (Manchester United) - Headed Out - In Play
88' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
88' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
87' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
87' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
86' Substitution  Leandro Bacuna (on). El Ahmadi (off). (Aston Villa)
86' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
86' Foul  Albrighton fouled by Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United)
85' Cross  Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United) - Clearance In Play
85' Goal Kick  Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
85' Cross  Patrice Evra (Manchester United) - Directly Out
84' Corner Kick  Ashley Young (Manchester United)
84' Substitution  Wilfried Zaha (on). Rooney (off). (Manchester United)
84' Shot on Goal  Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
83' Cross  Rafael (Manchester United) - Clearance In Play
82' Cross  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) - Clearance In Play
81' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
81' Throw-In  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
80' Throw-In  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
79' Substitution  Libor Kozak (on). Benteke (off). (Aston Villa)
78' Yellow Card  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
78' Yellow Card  Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)
77' Foul  Welbeck fouled by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)
77' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
76' Shot on Goal  Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
76' Free Kick  Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
75' Foul  Agbonlahor fouled by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
74' Shot  Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
74' Goal Kick  Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
73' Shot  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
73' Yellow Card  Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)
73' Foul  Welbeck fouled by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)
70' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
70' Substitution  Darren Fletcher (on). Giggs (off). (Manchester United)
69' Substitution  Ashley Young (on). Januzaj (off). (Manchester United)
69' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
68' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
68' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
67' Shot  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
67' Cross  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) - Headed Out - In Play
67' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
67' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
66' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
65' Yellow Card  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
65' Foul  Januzaj fouled by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
64' Throw-In  Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)
64' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
63' Cross  Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) - Headed Out - In Play
63' Corner Kick  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) - Headed Out - In Play
63' Shot  Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)
63' Shot  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
63' Cross  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) - Clearance In Play
62' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
62' Substitution  Andreas Weimann (on). Sylla (off). (Aston Villa)
61' Shot  Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
61' Cross  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) - Off Target
61' Cross  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) - Intercepted
60' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
59' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
59' Cross  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) - Directly Out
58' Shot on Goal  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
58' Cross  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) - Headed Out - In Play
58' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
57' Shot  Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa)
57' Cross  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) - Completed Pass
56' Cross  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
56' Shot  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
56' Cross  Rafael (Manchester United) - Off Target
55' Shot  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
55' Free Kick  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
54' Foul  Welbeck fouled by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)
53' Shot  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
52' Goal  Tom Cleverley (Manchester United). Assist by Rooney
52' Shot on Goal  Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
52' Cross  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - On Target
51' Foul  Rooney fouled by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
50' Foul  Cleverley fouled by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
50' Corner Kick  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
50' Yellow Card  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
50' Yellow Card  David De Gea (Manchester United)
49' Cross  Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) - Defended by Keeper
49' Free Kick  Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
48' Foul  Rooney fouled by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
48' Foul  Cleverley fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
47' Shot  Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa)
47' Cross  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) - Off Target
46' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
46' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
46' Goal Kick  Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United
45' Offside  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
45' Offside  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
44' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
44' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
43' Throw-In  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
43' Throw-In  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
42' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
41' Shot  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
38' Cross  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - Headed Out - In Play
38' Free Kick  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
38' Foul  Januzaj fouled by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
37' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
37' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
37' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
36' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
35' Offside  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
35' Foul  Januzaj fouled by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
34' Shot  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
34' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
33' Cross  Patrice Evra (Manchester United) - Clearance In Play
32' Goal Kick  David De Gea (Manchester United)
32' Cross  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
32' Free Kick  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
31' Foul  Benteke fouled by Rafael (Manchester United)
31' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
30' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
28' Shot  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
28' Cross  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) - Off Target
28' Shot  Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
28' Cross  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) - Clearance In Play
28' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
27' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
26' Shot  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
26' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
24' Foul  Welbeck fouled by Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa)
23' Foul  Agbonlahor fouled by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
23' Throw-In  Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
22' Shot on Goal  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
21' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
20' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
19' Foul  Lowton fouled by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
18' Goal  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United). Assist by Valencia
18' Shot on Goal  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
18' Cross  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) - On Target
18' Throw-In  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
17' Corner Kick  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - Headed Out - In Play
16' Offside  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
15' Goal  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
15' Shot on Goal  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
15' Shot  Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
15' Cross  Rafael (Manchester United) - Off Target
15' Throw-In  Rafael (Manchester United)
14' Goal Kick  Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
13' Foul  Cleverley fouled by Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa)
12' Corner Kick  Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) - Foul
12' Cross  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
12' Cross  Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) - Intercepted
11' Shot  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
11' Cross  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) - Off Target
10' Shot on Goal  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
10' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
9' Shot on Goal  Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
9' Cross  Phil Jones (Manchester United) - On Target
9' Cross  Patrice Evra (Manchester United) - Completed Pass
9' Corner Kick  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
8' Throw-In  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
7' Cross  Rafael (Manchester United) - Headed Out - In Play
7' Cross  Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - Headed Out - In Play
6' Throw-In  Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
6' Cross  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) - Headed Out - In Play
6' Shot  Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
5' Cross  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) - Clearance In Play
5' Goal Kick  Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
5' Cross  Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) - Overhit
4' Shot on Goal  Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
3' Foul  Jones fouled by Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa)
3' Throw-In  Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
3' Foul  Baker fouled by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
2' Shot on Goal  Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa)
2' Throw-In  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
2' Throw-In  Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
1' Foul  Rafael fouled by Toni Luna (Aston Villa)
1' Start Half 
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